US DOD ORDERS ADDITIONAL MI-17 HELICOPTERS FROM ROSOBORONEXPORT
The US Department of Defense (DoD) has signed a contract with Russia for additional Mil Mi-17V5 military transport helicopters to be delivered to the Afghan National Army (ANA). The contract was agreed between the two parties as part of a joint effort to combat terrorism. It was signed between Russian state-arm-exporter Rosoboronexport and the US Army in Paris, France, RIA Novosti has reported citing a statement from Russia’s Federal Service for MilitaryTechnical Cooperation. Without providing any information regarding the contract value and number of helicopters to be supplied, the statement also highlighted that the two sides expressed hope to extend cooperation in the defence and technology sector. Rosoboronexport deputy head Alexander Mikheyev later claimed the contract was to cover delivery of 30 Mi-17V5 helicopters but declined to reveal its value.